Nonprofit Charitable Organization

Our Mission

To assist persons with physical challenges to Recover, Inspire, Succeed, and Empower themselves and others by providing inclusive adaptive recreational sports programs.


Updated July 6, 2018


Executive Director – Carol Kyer


Carol’s nonprofit background includes volunteer management, donor cultivation, and public speaking.  Prior to joining RISE, Carol has been with Habitat for Humanity and Children’s Advocacy Center.  She has also served on the Board of Trustees for Lewisville Independent School District, and the Board of Directors for United Way of Denton County, Communities in Schools of North Texas, and various PTAs.

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RISE Program Director – Cayla Newkirk



Cayla graduated from Texas Woman’s University with her bachelors degree in Adaptive Physical Education. She then went on to pursue her Master degree in Adaptive Physical Activity from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Cayla has worked as a  program supervisor for a nonprofit organization  in New York and as a special education teacher in Texas. She thoroughly enjoys sports of all abilities but especially team sports. Her hobbies include doing jigsaw puzzles, traveling all over the world, and running. She looks forward to learning from all the athletes at RISE and hopes to help them reach their potential goals!

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Program Support and Equipment Manager – Joel “Peanut” Hendrix


Joel spent most of his business life in the construction industry as a manager. Due to the economic downturn, he became involved with RISE Adventures as a full time volunteer since inception in 2007. His love of working with persons with physical disabilities encouraged him to accept a full time position in 2012. He unanimously received the RISE Volunteer of the Year award in 2009 and 2010, and the Equipment Support of the Year award, 2011.

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Administrative Assistant –  Ryan Venable


Ryan Venable grew up in Grapevine, Texas. At age of 14 he was diagnosed with Friedreichs Ataxia which is a NeuroMuscular Disease that caused him to slowly lose his coordination and balance. By 19, he started using a wheelchair fulltime. The disease caused him to isolate himself and not want to go out much, but then he discovered RISE in the summer of 2010. He finally realized that being disabled isn’t something to be ashamed of, but something to be proud of. He now does programs like Water Skiing, Tubing, and Quad Rugby regularly. He is making many new friends in RISE, and is hoping he can help others discover how much fun and life changing the experience can be participating in Therapeutic Adaptive Programs RISE provides weekly.

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